Thursday, March 16, 2006

Saddam On Trial Part VI: Please Don’t Encourage Him

Saddam Hussein took the stand for the first time yesterday in his ongoing trial in Baghdad. And he’s apparently not been following the news, as he insisted he’s still the president of Iraq.

On the stand, Saddam referred to the proceedings as a “comedy.” I think he has his genres mixed up – the grandstanding, the eccentric outbursts, the walkouts, the codefendants in long johns and the resignation of the original judge all smack of a soap opera.

Saddam put on his usual theatrics, ranting on to the extent that the judge kicked reporters out of the courtroom and cut the TV feed. Yep, apparently those few Iraqis who have electrical power have been sitting glued to their TV sets; it’s this millennium’s OJ trial.

To his credit, the judge discerned that the outside audience was only encouraging Saddam to put on a show. He clearly likes the sound of his own voice, and has to be the center of attention in any setting, it seems.

Hours later, when the judge allowed reporters back in, Saddam refused to answer questions and instead made demands. The trial was then adjourned until April 5.

If you’ve been following along, there have only been a handful of days court has actually been in session since the trial began last autumn. It's been a bit bumpy and fragmented.

Saddam has admitted that he ordered the killing of 148 people, for which he is currently being tried. But his defense team insists he had the authority to do so, since they all
men and boys had allegedly been involved in a plot to kill him.

It’s probably happened before (maybe at Nuremberg?), but I can’t recall a defense team declaring that summary executions were a lawful remedy for anything.

Common sense tells us the killings were carried out to
send fear into the hearts of his subjects that this is what you get when you mess with Saddam, and to slake Saddam’s homicidal anger at the treachery.

Now doesn’t that sound like a reasonable defense?

23 comments:

Paddys_Gal said...

The concept of "due process" is wasted on this murderous nutjob scumbag.

Pete Bogs said...

I think it's safe to say, even without a trial, that he's guilty as sin!

ChasingMoksha said...

One must admit the trial is a joke. Come on, it is nothing more than a dog and pony show. If and I am not saying he is innocent or sympathizing with him, but a trial supposedly allows the evidence to be presented with the presumption that one is innocent until proven guilty. Who in all the land has ever thought Saddam to be innocent? What is the point of the trial but a show? More people than Saddam are guilty of posturing here. I think during WWII this trial would had easily been called propaganda.

presidentbobo said...

I contend that US forces made a mistake by finding him "alive" in the first place. This whole "trial" could have been avoided. Some argue that if we had found him dead then SH would have become a martyr. Would it really make any difference? Iraq is totally f*cked regardless. Can you say quicksand? Our presidunce stepped in a big ol' stinky pile of hubris. Welcome to the suck

Pete Bogs said...

back in Saddam Part I, I stated that Saddam should be executed, and explained why... if he doesn't get a death sentence, then I agree that he should not have been "found" alive...

rosegarden said...

the trial of saddam will continue and he will be put to death but the problem might lay in why he is not being prosected for the gassing deaths of thousands of Kurds....this will never happen because it would implicate the most murderous terror organization in the world... the U.S. government

ardlair said...

Justice should not only be done, but be seen to be done.
Hence the need for a trial.

Blue said...

I think the psychology of the trial is interesting. They are taking the Terror persona away and leaving, pathetic, narcissistic gloryhound. I think this exercise is more for the Iraqi people than the rest of the world who are just over the whole thing.

Pete Bogs said...

bb - my condeelezences on having Condi visit your country...

Hellpig said...

apparently those few Iraqis who have electrical power have been sitting glued to their TV sets
power

Saddam will be hanged to death on live Iraqi television,Iraqi's will enjoy the show in the comfort of their newly air conditioned homes,thx to the increased spending of Iraqi's,who bought more air conditioners,TV's,and refridgerators in the history of Iraq,thanks to the US liberating coalition forces.

"pass the pop corn"

Hellpig said...

A follow up for non-believers

Condidtion of Iraq

Pete Bogs said...

I don't know where the Senator got his stats, but news reports say the majority of people are still without power or running water... I suppose they keep making that up to deceive us? power stations are being blown up as quickly as they can be repaired... sad but true, and to get back to the point, things are worse than they were under Saddam because of the insurgency...

Hellpig said...

sorry bogs but the msm is wrong again the senators report is the accurate one not the msm reports you seem to wanna accept ,google it for yourself,why do you want the US to fail? this is a encouraging report why not embrace it?

Hellpig said...

things are worse than they were under Saddam because of the insurgency...

PROVE IT!

Pete Bogs said...

c'mon, hell... you know I can't send my own crew over there to survey the situation - they'll end up hanging from bridge...

ffff said...

I don't believe killing him will achieve anything. Keep him alive in prison and show him every five years getting older and sicker and sadder. Let the bugger slowly rot. Much better for all concerned.

As they say: If they can do 'this' to their own what can they do to you? What you do to the least may someday be visited upon your own.

Hellpig said...

Iraqi's will need closure,and they thrive on violence,they will need to see for themselves that the evil dictator is really dead so they can move on,without living in fear that he may return.

Pete Bogs said...

Ali - I can see that point of view... however, I explained my reasons for supporting execution in Part I...

http://blogdebogs.blogspot.com/2005/12/saddam-on-trial-part-i-green-mile.html

my feelings may change before all is said and done, though...

ardlair said...

He should not be killed, but be allowed to fade away.

Francis Bacon had it right - "In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior."

fatty ~ said...

wouldn't it be nice if killing people was actually a legitimate and practical way of solving problems.

when we don't like someone - we could just kill them and everyone could cheer!

Pete Bogs said...

fatty - Saddam seemed to think so...

ffff said...

oh..oh..oh... I..am.. breathtaken.....Ardlair said ..oh... something..oh..I agree with!!!Oh I am overcome....

Pete Bogs said...

Francis Bacon sums up my attitude about torture quite nicely...